US Embassy Tells Americans in Kabul to ‘Shelter in Place’ as Taliban Gains Control of Afghanistan’s Capital

advised U.S. citizens to not call the embassy for updates or details on flights

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(FOX NEWS) – The U.S. embassy issued new guidance for American citizens attempting to flee the country as the Taliban take control of the government.

Previously, nationals were told to head to the Kabul airport, but the embassy advised that the airport was now “taking fire,” and the security situation has changed.

“We are instructing U.S. citizens to shelter in place,” a statement from the embassy read.

The embassy also posted a Repatriation Assistance Request form and advised U.S. citizens to not call the embassy for updates or details on flights.

Afghan security forces have turned over Bagram air base to the Taliban, district chief Darwaish Raufi confirmed to the Associated Press.

The former U.S. base also serves as a prison, which held around 5,000 inmates from both the Taliban and Islamic State.

Meanwhile, Afghan leaders have created a coordination council to meet with the Taliban and manage the transfer of the power “to prevent chaos and reduce the suffering of the people.”

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